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BREAKING NEWS: Prospect Park Shelves OLTL Pending Lawsuit Resolution! Focus On Producing AMC!

Photo Credit: David Russell/TOLN

Photo Credit: David Russell/TOLN

This morning, the L.A. Times is reporting some significant news on the fate of Prospect Park and TOLN’s revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live.  The first is: that One Life to Live is being put on hold until the lawsuit with ABC has been resolved. The second: the company will be focusing on producing All My Children at this point in time.

The Times stated, “Prospect Park is shelving One Life to Live until the ABC lawsuit is resolved. The team will focus on producing All My Children, which proved to be the more popular show online. (On TV, One Life to Live generated higher ratings.) Writers are currently putting together scripts for a second season.”

Prospect Park CEO, Jeff Kwatinetz  related on the task of mounting soap operas, “Agnes (Nixon) told me this job wasn’t for sissies. If I didn’t want to make any mistakes, I would sit back and let other people go figure it out and then just copy them.  But then we wouldn’t be helping to shape the future of television.”

From all indications from the article, Kwatinetz  is,  “soldiering on and plans to ramp up production this month for a second season of  All My Children.

So, One Life to Live fans, do you think you will see the show ever return?  Do you think waiting for the lawsuit to be settled with ABC is the right thing to do to see if key actors/characters that were missing can return to their original show: Todd Manning, John McBain and Starr Manning?  Do you feel this season of OLTL was crippled due to not having those characters, thus storylines seemed off?  How do you feel about the companies decision to move forward right now with just All My Children?  Is All My Children the better of the two shows online?  Share your thoughts!

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Pam
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Pam

Michael, Please give us some real information. It feels like a gag order has been issued for the actors lately!!! If it is over , I would rather mourn now and not die a slow death waiting for this lawsuit to play out. It doesn’t feel/smell right!! Help…..thanks!!!

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

Ditto!

Rodd
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Rodd

Pam, I agree.

mary
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mary

does this mean RH can go back to playing Todd on GH?

Patricia
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Patricia

no not likely the character is still owned by PP.

Harry
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Harry

Hope not, don’t want ABC to get their grubby hands on that brilliant character ever again.

Zuhair
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Zuhair

I don’t realy understand this lawsuit. ABC is the one who cancelled OLTL to begin with so if another type of network picks up whre the show left OFF, what is this lawsuit all about? Did ABC have special contract for these 3 actors to remain their Character Names and hold them from working on ther soap scripts to other companies? That’s like telling them, your job is on hold and your our prisoners until OLTL. Find a network to employee and comeback where you all left off. In reality all OLTL actors were left in Lombo. ABC is the… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

No that is not right… ABC needs to settle this… OLTL is much better than AMC…. Please get this resolved soon…

Harry
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Harry

I think both OLTL and AMC are good–let’s not follow in Michael Logan’s and ABC’s footsteps and pit one soap against the other. We should support the soap genre as a whole because we have witnessed the fact that, yes, the soaps could really go away.

Shrea Kellums
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Shrea Kellums

Amen

Toni
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Toni

I agree. I’m sick of the two shows being pitted against each other.

Amanda
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Amanda

Thank you Harry, you are so right!

Kymberleigh
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Kymberleigh

Amen!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Ditto.

John Jack Royal
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John Jack Royal

I agree OLTL is the superior show. I have watched both shows faithfully since 1977 .I had come to love OLTL more years ago and that has continued to be true online. I will support both shows and watch AMC and hope that they resume OLTL ASAP!!!

Gina
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Gina

I agree wholeheartedly about oltl being the better show. I just gave up watching amc around June. The show made less and less sense without Erica, Tad, etc. It just had little cohesion without the key “adult” characters and relied too much on the kiddos. I don’t what exactly else is missing from the show, but it’s just not AMC. OLTL, on the other hand, is fine since Day 1 of its return. The main characters like Vicky, Dorian, Clint, etc. just made everything work. I hope that it returns.

Sue
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Sue

AMC is good OLTL Still rocks.

Some things did take some getting used to – but feeling betrayed AGAIN

Brenda
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Brenda

I guess that I must be one of the few that do not care for the online version of AMC, I tried to watch it, but very quickly lost interest. I feel that the mistake was made in fast forwarding five years along with bad writing as well and using younger actors who in my opinion couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag and placing so much emphasis on THEM rather than the older cast members ,is basically why I lost interest. OLTL to me is the far better of the two. I agree that there was bad… Read more »

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

The ratings suggest that most viewers feel AMC is the better soap.

Harry
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Harry

I am a tad confused on this score because while AMC earned higher ratings with online viewers, OLTL earned higher ratings than AMC with television viewers. There is something incredibly fishy about the whole affair and I don’t think we have the whole story.

TNT 2.0 Forever
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TNT 2.0 Forever

OLTL only had better ratings for the last few seasons on TV. If you compare the ratings of AMC and OLTL over their entire run on TV, AMC had the higher ratings the large majority of the time. AMC is the bigger brand and more well-known soap to the average TV viewer. Even people who don’t watch soaps have heard of Susan Lucci/Erica Kane.

tess
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tess

ALL MY CHILDREN is the better soap. The stories were far more dramatic and compelling than ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I am not interested in watching J-Wow or whatever the hell her name is making snarky comments to everybody in Shelter. Some story line.

Judi
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Judi

I agree, we lost OLTL once could not stand to loose it again!! I even tweeted, email etc..Oprah to please keep #OLTL on her network…she did tell viewers you asked and I listened, so if she listened let Propect Park and ABC get over the tiff and move on so the viewers who pay for cable can watch what we want !! Keep OLTL!!!!

Dinah
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Dinah

I’ll want both back

Scott
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Scott

EXACTLY.People on here shouldn’t start pitting one against the other.This from the start has been abc’s doing.Both shows deserve a LIFE to LIVE.

Sam
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Sam

No, they shouldn’t be pitted against each other, but that’s what ABC did and now that’s what PP is doing by not bringing both back. If they don’t then ABC will have already won. IMO OLTL was always the better show, but ABC promoted AMC more and now so is PP by needlessly dropping OLTL. There is noting in the lawsuit that I can see which precludes PP from starting production of OLTL with AMC. Winning a lawsuit will not bring Todd and the others back to life on GH. So what’s really to gain by suing? They need to… Read more »

crystal
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crystal

They should have brought back Langston, Markko, The Ford Brothers (all of them)

elle
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elle

agreed!

Joshua
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Joshua

OMG, Crystal and Elle!!! BITE YOUR TONGUES!!!

I’m guessing both of you girls just recently had a lobotomy because nobody in their right state of mind would want the Ford Brothers brought back!!!

Debbie
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Debbie

They should bring back Brody and Jessica.

Becky
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Becky

Disappointing news. I wasn’t really into OLTL in the revamp and don’t think it had anything to do with the three characters being gone (especially since we had Todd until the last 2 weeks). I watched because I wanted to support them and hoped it would get better. Loved seeing the original cast members. So glad to hear that AMC will probably be back. It was more “my cup of tea.” Sure hope they’re able to get Michael E. Knight back for good!

John
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John

I think after this stunt, Michael E Knight will be reluctant to come back unless he has nothing better to do.

Tony M
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Tony M

No its not the right thing to do, they can revive any dead character and re-cast the roles of Starr and John. I think the reason the ratings were not good were because of the fact that there were no story lines, the beginning of OLTL seemed like a bunch of people just getting together and shooting the breeze, nothing significant happened until the last few weeks when Jack hooked up with his teacher, Clint has his meltdown and Allison’s return. Blame the writers for lack of ratings not the fans.

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

I couldn’t agree more that the writing is the thing that hurt the show the most. Overall, it was terrible!

Rodd
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Rodd

Tony, I think you’re on the mark there.

Harry
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Harry

I so disagree with you, Tony. I thought the writing was tight, character driven and interesting. The writing was enhanced by fabulous performances by the veteran cast. If I had one quibble it was there was Dani-Mathew over saturation but the writers heard viewers’ complaints on that score and corrected it.

Robin Graham
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Robin Graham

I think the biggest problem in the beginning was too much time spent in that dark and dreary bar. If there was a police investigation going on regarding drugs it might have went over better with veteran viewers. How many times can you watch people get twisted?!

OLTL has always been my favorite show and I hope all this mess gets worked out quickly and that it continues online with the second showings on OWN so everyone can continue to enjoy it

Tony M
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Tony M

Well….ok if you disagree but for the first 25 or so episodes there was nothing much going on but people socializing on screen. There were little promises in between but they always fell flat. Of course the cast gave fabulous performances, they are the best and had to go with the garbage that was thrown at them.

Debbie
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Debbie

Recast all the important characters-Starr, John, and Todd and resurrect Hope and her father. I didn’t see any dead bodies when they died. Todd and Victor came back from the dead.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Doesnt look good…what does the lack of Todd, Starr, or John have to do with it…OLTL has more of the vets involved in story than AMC …they recast Matt and Dee and they could do the same for Starr and John…something smells fishy here!!!…If M.E, K.A. and R.H really want to return they can wen their contracts up…AMC continued without the legendary Erica…Kendal not there full time…yet AMC survives…i think this is more of money issues than anything else!!!

Harry
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Harry

But you’re missing the point entirely. AMC, for the last couple of years lost viewers in droves. Why? Because of the over reliance on Erica and the Fusion gang, including that boring Ken doll called Ryan. AMC is doing well not in spite of Erica not being there, but because she is not there. I watched AMC since I was about ten–it was the first soap I ever watched (not that that is something to brag about). But Erica, Kendall and Grennlee were like vortexes–they sucked the oxygen and creativity out of the room. I am not alone in feeling… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I never liked fusion or Ryan and Greenlee but ive always liked Susan…she is the reason why started to watch AMC…however, the reboot is still ok without her(i still like to see Erica come back for a short story arc) but i no longer watch it much…i liked the show best in the 1980s but that could change i might become a regular again…you never know with me!!!…lol

Tony M
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Tony M

Another thing, we the fans campaigned, fought, wrote letters, made phone calls and kept OLTL alive on the social networks and this is how they pay us back????????????

Gina
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Gina

Agree!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree! I loved OLTL & OLTL 2.0 and am very disappointed. Just another reason I am still boycotting ABC/Disney. I support AMC but I just couldn’t get into it the way I did with OLTL. As much as I love RH/ME/KA I don’t think OLTL 2.0 needs those actors. I say cut your losses and focus on the great cast you currently have.

Don H
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Don H

I agree, too.

dove
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dove

you got be joking right. Come one this only soap I watch from tv too online now won’t get
see it because this lawsuit.

Glenn Beck
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Glenn Beck

I think both shows are great and support them but I do think One Life was harmed greatly by what happened with changes done to characters on OLTL while they were on GH. I hope all this mess works out and that PP will be able to get One Life back into production again. I was really enjoying where the story was going. ABC should have honored the agreement to share characters across both GH and One Life, it would have been a win win!!

Harry
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Harry

I agree with you entirely, Glenn.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Me too.

bebr
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bebr

I could see the argument that their plans for a relaunch were harmed by not getting back characters who were important in the finale (leaving them unable to tie stories from the finale up the way they planned to), but let’s be real. Cole and Starr had moved away from Llanview in the finale so they were easily ignored. The got Todd back for the near-full extent of their first storytelling run, and thus only Tea’s baby and McBain were at issue. I agree McBain was a huge issue and could definitely have harmed them…BUT the shows debuted a while… Read more »

Gentry Ashmore
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Gentry Ashmore

So very sad. Not only did ABC, Frank and Ron, kill Cole, Hope and Victor Jr., they destroyed John and Natalie and now they are also partly responsible for OLTL’s demise. Had a feeling this was going to happen when a bunch of OLTL stars headed to Beacon Hill. Prospect Park just didn’t invest enough in the reboot, probably due to the lawsuit with ABC. Having watched OLTL for 31 years, this Girl is broken-hearted. I can’t even imagine not ever seeing JOLIE together again. Unfortunately, lawsuits can go on forever and by the time it’s resolved, the leading players… Read more »

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
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Travis-Tyrell Thomas

You mean the lawsuit that PP started themselves. I’m sorry three actors dont make a show. Just look at the transition AMC made from the Final ABC show to the reboot. This is all about the writing. You can not blame GH for all the other character Storylines being awful. If PP really wanted to undo what happend on GH all they had to do was WRITE IT. If anything I was digging more of OLTL on GH than that awful first week online. Which at the end of the day was the writing. To say the demise is because… Read more »

brian
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brian

oh I sadly have to agree… OLTL on GH was much better than OLTL V2

Harry
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Harry

I agree with you up to a point, but Natalie and Blair were left hanging with their storylines. Todd, the love of Blair’s life, was suddenly in Port Charles acting incredibly goofy and out of character while making goo goo eyes at Carly–a woman Todd would normally never give a second look. (In fact, Roger looked like he really wasn’t that into Laura) GH ruined the character of Todd, they killed Cole and Hope, and their careless stupid antics did have a strong negative effect on OLTL>

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
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Travis-Tyrell Thomas

But I think my issue with the Blame game on GH is that PP could have split from the ABC universe if the they truly thought that GH was gonna be a negative impact on the reboot. AMC picked up 2 years later and kept it moving. I mean can we honestly say that OLTL would have been any better if Cole and Hope were alive. I doubt it. They botched stories even with the characters they had. And lets remember none of those bodies were ever found. So it was left open ended, and I truly believe there would… Read more »

bebr
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bebr

Good point. How do you have Hillary B. Smith, Robert Woods, and a bevy of other talented heavy hitters and not let the actually do any real ACTING? How do you, knowing what is on the line for these reboots, hire a model who can’t act (she got better, but not by much) — on a show in this situation EVERYONE had to carry their weight. And how, once you know you don’t have Starr or John for the time being, not just write compelling drama instead. The only pass I give them, as I wrote above, is that they… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Don’t worry–I truly believe that there is no way that OLTL will not be back. Don’t give up!

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
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Travis-Tyrell Thomas

Hey Harry I def believe it will be back. But it needs to be given the same care and love that AMC seems to always get. I love Agnes Nixon, but I wish she was much more hands on with OLTL like she is with All My Children. If she was helping the writing team like she does AMC, OLTL would be amazing. I feel like even online, OLTL is once again the RED HEADED STEPCHILD. My show always gets shafted.

bebr
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bebr

I do love your positivity, even if I disagree about ABC…and I agree with you. We’ll hope for the best together!

Melissa
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Melissa

Gentry,
It is a damn shame. Starting from the destruction of our beloved OLTL characters on GH to the never ending ups and downs of PP. I too was SO hoping for our beloved JOLIE. THEY WERE AND ARE AWESOME. MISS THEM SO MUCH AND FEELING SO MUCH DISAPPOINTMENT!

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
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Travis-Tyrell Thomas

AMC didnt have the “Erica Kane” and that show soldiered on. No soap should only be about 3 characters. And if OLTL couldnt tell decent stories because 3 actors didnt return, then those writers should be FIRED. Seriously, PP needs to stop the blame game. They got their 3 characters back, and still didnt use them in the end. So those 3 characters impacted all the other stories going on as well. REALLY????

Harry
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Harry

Bad point, Travis. Many long time and loyal AMC fans turned away from AMC because of the over reliance on Erica, not to mention the Fusion Girls and the insipid Ryan Lavery. AMC soldiering on without the aforementioned four is one of the reasons AMC is doing so well on Prospect. That, and them bringing back the utterly brilliant and funny Billy Clyde.

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Many fans want Erica Kane back and often comment on the AMC facebook page about missing her on the show. But she isn’t the only major character gone, Tad Martin is gone, Adam Chandler is gone, Jack Montgomery is gone and the list goes on. AMC had to do without a lot of major characters. Bringing back Billy Clyde couldn’t make up for those major losses. The secret to AMC’s success is the writing. If OLTL’s writers are so dependent on three characters and can’t write the show without them, they are probably in the wrong profession and OLTL needs… Read more »

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Any writer with a sense of self respect would be embarrass to even suggest that their talents were solely limited to writing for only three specific actors.

Harry
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Harry

TNT, the Romeo and Juliet reference was idiotic at best and doesn’t prove your point at all. Each play is separate from the other . Most fans were sick to death of Erica Kane and aren’t really missing her all that much. And it isn’t just about three characters, you need to factor in Blair and Natalie by extension, not to mention Cole and Hope. That makes 7 characters. Moreover, GH ruined Todd–making him act goofy, silly and not at all like himself. No one has suggested that that the writers’ ability to tell a good story is predicated on… Read more »

TNT 2.0 Forever
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TNT 2.0 Forever

You could make your point without insulting someone. No wonder you don’t see any problems with the writing on OLTL. My point is, because obviously you are not a writer or familiar with the craft, a good writer’s ability to write a good story is not dependent on a specific character. “No one has suggested that that the writers’ ability to tell a good story is predicated on 3 characters–don’t make such silly statements.” Obviously you did understand the opening comment before you decided to disagree with it. I would suggest a reading comprehension class. Until then, don’t waste my… Read more »

TNT 2.0 Forever
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TNT 2.0 Forever

Correction: Obviously you did not understand the opening comment before you decided to disagree with it. I would suggest a reading comprehension class. Until then, don’t waste my time with your insults.

Don H
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Don H

The best part is the writer’s on BOTH shows were fired! They were supposed to come back this season with new writers on both shoes!

RICKIE
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RICKIE

I don’t think the absence of McBain, Todd & Starr has hampered the show it all! The show still has a wealth of talent: Robin Strasser, Jerry ver Dorn, Hillary B. Smith, Robert S. Woods, Florencia Lozano, and Ron Raines! Both PP and ABC need to move past this and PP needs to realize the assets and blessings they do have — which are many!

bebr
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bebr

Yep, when you whine until (possibly) the end of the show’s life about not being able to write for John McBain or Starr Manning, but manage to eff up the return of greats like Hilary B. Smith and Robert Woods (did they do ANY acting this year in their own stories or just recite lines and react) and not write compelling drama for plenty of other great characters, then it is not the fault of not getting the actors you wanted or the chance to tell the story you wanted. Actors quit, die, go into rehab, or get fired from… Read more »

John-Paul
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John-Paul

This sucks! Stupid ABC, they should have never cancelled OLTL the ratings were better than the other two soaps. GH should have been cancelled, funny how the PTB then hired Valetnini and company to helm it, which only proves ABC knew they and the crew of OLTL were the best. Why else hire them to save GH? Further more to say that 3 actors would have made that much of an impact on the Revived OLTL is insulting to the other veteran actors. John Starr and Todd did not make up the whole canvas of the show they were pieces… Read more »

Travis-Tyrell Thomas
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Travis-Tyrell Thomas

Im in no way saying ABC is right or wrong. But its time for PP to start owning up to their own mistakes. I mean ABC had nothing to do with the writers and EP they hired for OLTL. And I agree with you that its an insult to say OLTL couldnt carry on with John Mcbain or Starr. Thats such BS. AMC doesnt have Tad or Erica, yet there relatives are still going strong. Dixie has been back driving story without Tad. So its time for PP to start taking care of the show they have and the people… Read more »

Thomas
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Thomas

So true they can recast its all about money and what show PP is making them cash

bebr
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bebr

Amen.

Mike
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Mike

AMEN!!!

Harry
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Harry

Ditto that!

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

This is terrible news. I am only a fan of OLTL. I think it hurt OLTL to not have the 3 actors who are now on GH. I know they had Todd, but that hurt the storylines as his entire story focused on how he would leave town which was not very interesting. Why did ABC move mountains to hold onto those 3 actors? Are they so amazing and vital to GH? That seems hard to believe. I think OLTL did not have writers who were familiar with the show, and that hurt OLTL tremendously. Why on earth did every… Read more »

curry-gril
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curry-gril

Lisa, I totally agree with you. The reboot was not the same. They should have at least watch the history of the show before writing and producing it. The second episode was not that good. Victor was back and everyone act as if he was on vacation instead of coming back from the dead. No significant action at all. Vicky didn’t even acknowledge him and that is not the Vicky I watched and loved for 35 years. Too much focused on the young adults. Then they cut the episodes. Nevertheless, I continued to watch it until the very end.

gloria
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gloria

Agree with you Lisa. They should have picked the show up EXACTLY where it left off-from the very last ABC episode. That was such a good show that day-it would have been great to go from there. And I agree with you on the recasts. I understand that everyone could not/would not come back but recasts need to be eased into the show so we can get used to them. Everytime I tried to watch online I just couldn’t figure out who was who & I did not like all the club scenes & music. I LOVED the original Destiny… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Honestly, I really enjoyed RH/ME/KA on OLTL, but I don’t think they are all that important to GH. Yes, all three have major storylines right now, but I didn’t miss them when they were on the forced hiatus (due to the lawsuit) and I’m not digging their new characters at all. Also, GH has a huge, talented cast and these actors aren’t necessary. More isn’t always better.

ethel
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ethel

when bob wood & corbin bleu were chatting live with you michael a couple of weeks ago i thought it was strange that neither one had heard anything about a date to start taping season2 – now i see why…………….
this is just so unfair to the fans as well as the actors

ethel
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ethel

i have watched both shows since the early 70’s & i truly love both show – oltl is the better show & that is just my opinion……….i missed star, todd & john but i feel oltl was just fine without them

Diane Dunn
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Diane Dunn

So they could keep going, as they were doing, without these 3 actors – and continue the legal battle in the meantime, but are choosing to hold everything while they legal battle goes on? Do I have this right? I AM watching GH – partly to continue watching those 3 actors. But – OLTL could go on without them WITH better writing. I have to admit I haven’t really been into any of the current stories – just watching because I can. That probably isn’t a good enough reason to do anything. Meanwhile over at AMC – I am doing… Read more »

bebr
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bebr

“So they could keep going, as they were doing, without these 3 actors – and continue the legal battle in the meantime, but are choosing to hold everything while they legal battle goes on?”

Yep. It’s because they appear to have been counting on ABC to settle the ridiculous $25M lawsuit and use that money to finance OLTL. And it appears they are still hoping for that.

Tania
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Tania

Something was off, just off with new shows. Some questions never got answered. Why did no one react when Victor came back from the dead? Why did Alison have him to begin with? Why was Matthew so pissed at his parents? Was shelter the only place in Llanview? What happened to the country club? The palace? Rody’s? There were some parts that were intriguing – the cult. Loved the fun Bo and Nora, but they need a story. This makes me sad. I get John, Starr, and Todd were a big part of the show in the past, but AMC… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

Agree Tania. I think the online OLTL should have picked up exactly where the original left off on ABC. The show was absolutely on fire when it ended & it just seemed like dying embers when it started back. I could not get into it at all. Miss the real OLTL & everyone who was on there. I look at my cast picture that is framed in my bedroom every day & miss THAT OLTL.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

I agree. So much of AMC (when on ABC) was about Erica Kane, often to the detriment of other stellar actresses (Julia Barr, Cady McClain, Debbi Morgan, Kathleen Noone, etc.). For example, as much as I liked Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL), the show was simply brilliant after she left in 1989 and other actresses had a chance to shine: Maeve Kinkead, Maureen Garrett, Beverlee McKinsey, Amelia Marshall, Ellen Parker, etc.

I prefer the balance TOLN’s AMC has: it’s an ensemble once again.

MEG
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MEG

I’M VERY UPSET .I PAID AHEAD FOR OLTL.SO I’M OWED MONEY.BUT I WILL NOT PAY FOR AMC. NOT A FAN.

Harry
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Harry

How did you pay money? That network is free.

Patricia
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Patricia

If you want to watch from your cell phone or ipad etc its NOT free only free from a pc or laptop.

Harry
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Harry

I also watched using streaming from Apple TV for free, and of course, Oprah picked up the shows. No one needed to pay money to watch the shows.

Nancy
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Nancy

I really think AMC is better. Alot of the main characters didn’t come back and still they have good story lines for both younger and older generations. The audience is there. I do hope they bring it back though. There’s alot of fans out there.

Harry
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Harry

Not true–watched OLTL and AMC on my IPad using Hula and never paid a dime.

Rod
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Rod

AMC is way better than OLTL
OLTL NEEDS MORE CHARACTERS WE ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

It was nice to see old friends again, but ABC would rather kill these than admit they blew it. Katie, Oprah, Frons, ABC, Disney, all to blame. We didn’t matter in the initial decision, we don’t matter in this…..money money money….egos egos egos…..and the people who watched, made the ratings, were loyal…all get shit. I never have and never will watch the Chew….and to this day have not watched Modern Family because of this….when Modern Family lands on Logo, I’ll watch. What a shame that Katie gets all the money while 1000s lose jobs and viewers lost their show.

Thomas
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Thomas

Logo thats a hot ass mess of a channel they killed of the one show that made the channel Noahs Arc and didnt care what fans had to say the only thing they have is Ru Paul saving them as for ABC and PP Oltl is a dying horse its not pulling in viewers and ithas nothing to do with actors cause AMC is doing big numbers on line and on air PP is saying its abc and the case but its really they dont want to waste anymore money they dont have on a show that is not bringing… Read more »

IowaMan
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IowaMan

Hey Thomas – you will be able to see “Modern Family” in full on the USA Network starting Very Soon

Scott
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Scott

You can’t really lump Oprah in with that crew just because she didn’t want to spend her OWN money on them herself

bebr
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bebr

Agreed. Oprah had nothing to do with the cancellation. That she, among MANY other networks and network heads, including Bravo’s Andy Cohen, wasn’t willing to pick them when they were an hour long and very expensive, isn’t a reason they were canceled in the first place. The only thing she did was make a video explaining why she wasn’t picking them up, something Andy Cohen and other network heads did not do, and because of that, suddenly she got hate and boycotts. Say, what? That was actually a very courteous thing to do.

Kate
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Kate

I think losing Todd was terrible for OLTL. I do think that OLTL will be back if at all possible. OLTL was really short of actors and the storylines weren’t there. I would love to see Viki and Dorian written into AMC. They are great actors with great personalities. This won’t happen because I think PP does want to bring OLTL back. I am an AMC fan and my heart goes out to the OLTL fans. We thought these soaps were dead before so let’s hope OLTL makes it back. I do think recasts could be done because fans know… Read more »

Thomas
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Thomas

All the cash is going to AMC the numbers online and on the air are great i think AMC is here to stsy Oltl is on life support

Brandy
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Brandy

I haven’t watched those two in years, but I really think you are on to something. Those two would fit right in

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

I smell a rat. AMC was written much better and most likely for a reason I believe is playing out now. The Victor reveal on OLTL fell flat……could not believe what a bore it turned out to be. OLTL was never like that when it was on TV. I believe less effort was put forth on OLTL and I am thrilled that Michael E. Knight is returning to AMC. AMC did not need Susan/Erica full time to succeed as was well noted. Let us know up front the truth so we can morn once again our beloved soap.

BTripp
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BTripp

I always loved OLTL on ABC and it was by far the better of the two shows at that time. I did enjoy the PP version of AMC better than OLTL. I think that they should figure out this stupid law suit and then get OLTL back eventually too. We don’t need Starr or John but the show really does need Victor and Todd. GH doesn’t need Roger Howarth as Franco. Just let him come back to OLTL where he belongs with Blair!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I liked Todd with Blair but its still up to the actor if he wants to return to OLTL full time.

Rob
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Rob

Prospect Park should have played ball with GH, and vice versa. They could have done soem great crossover stuff and brought much needed attention to the show. That being said, the writing for OLTL just wasnt there. Natalie and Destiny hanging out was never believable and the fact that ittook so long to acknowledge Clint set up the order of protection against John took too long. Cole and Hope wrent relevent to OLTL at the end nor are they to the reboot so to say that GH killing those characters off hurt the show is insulting to the intelligence of… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

The writing is so much better than OLTL but they dont have the acting ability the cast of OLTL does.

“spot on”.

even as a newbie… that was easy to see.

I hope it’s not too late for ALL the OLTL ‘lifers.

Sandy
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Sandy

Michael Fairman- what is your take on all of the questions you posed to us? You seem to have an inside edge? What is really going on?

Daisy
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Daisy

He’s on Prospect Parks payroll, so he isn’t going to say anything against them.

Thomas
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Thomas

Ow
Its about ratings Oltl has been awful to a point slow and stale They have Todd acting soft Tea is screaming and over acting and AMC is pulling in 3 times the view ship PP is pulling the cash for the horse that is winning court case or not if Oltl dont do the numbers PP cant keep sinking cash into it

carla
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carla

Oltl started out slow but i started to get hooked. Im sad fans want to watch soaps

Carol Gravlin
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Carol Gravlin

I love OLTL and am willing to watch in any form! I have been a fan of 40 yrs. I do miss some key actors but very much enjoy the show and never miss one. Please bring it back!!!!

Brandy
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Brandy

I think its hard because if I was an actor, I’d much prefer to be on GH with a yearlong contract, etc. I think if PP was so vested in using these characters, they should have played a more active part from the beginning. I have to say, I actually like Roger Howarth as Franco better than I did James Franco, but then again I liked him as Todd and I never was an OLTL viewer. I liked John Mc Bain a whole lot more than Silas Clay and really liked the Starr/Michael pairing. They could relate in a neat… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

Not surprising at all. I’m just surprised both shows weren’t suspended indifinetely. PP is in over its head. I think they are HOPING to win the lawsuit so they can have some money to try to produce the show. I’m curious as to how long the actor’s contracts are with PP? I’ll aslo believe that AMC is in production when it actually IS in production and not a moment sooner.

OLTLFan
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OLTLFan

This news makes me sad. I agree with others that One Life was actually kind of boring but I didn’t care as long as I could still see my “family” on the screen, whether it’s a computer screen or tv screen. I think shelving OLTL may be a legal tactic by PP in their lawsuit fight so I am holding out some hope that the show will be back at some point. If that happens, I truly hope the production team makes some needed changes: lose the new sets like Shelter and the new coffee shop and bring back what’s… Read more »

Jessica
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Jessica

The lawsuit is about many, many issues, including but not limited to the handling of PP- licensed characters by ABC when they were lent to GH. That is only one of many issues. Read the complaint– it’s all over online. Google it. It’s in straightforward language and is easily followed. PP has cause for grievances and it’s very hard to move forward freely in terms of long- term production/writing/staffing/cable licensing i.e. OWN, etc when you are involved in litigation with a company you are ostensibly in business with that seems–seems– to be actively undermining the ability to run your business.… Read more »

EDNA BAREFOOT
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EDNA BAREFOOT

Michael if OLTL is in trouble they had better fix it. If we lose OLTL again I will be one that stops watching soaps. OLTL is my soap, part of my family. Without OLTL I quit my fighting for soaps. AMC has always been given more attention. I don’t understand that. It is not better than OLTL. I enjoy ABC soaps but without OLTL I will be through worrying about saving anything. I am very angry!!!!!!!!!!

AJ
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AJ

You are putting the show on hiatus to settle a lawsuit over three characters? That doesn’t make any sense. I really wish PP would forfeit their rights and give the shows to a cable company! Obviously this is too big for PP, looking at the ratings everyone can see there is still a strong audience for these soaps! Hell, now that Oprah sees that theses are a moneymaker, maybe she’ll take them over. So, next year 2 episodes of AMC each week? This is bull$shit!

Thomas
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Thomas

OWN isnt ready to create daytime shows they just started pulling in great numbers cause of its shows The Haves and Have Not (2 million a week) and other ndw shows so now they have room to add the soaps but they will keep showing them as long as they and PP agree to broadcast terms

louisa
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louisa

This is killing me. OLTL was always the better show and it has nothing to do with the three GH characters!! Hire some good writers! As others have said, there was no story and no “feel” of Llanview—a great cast mostly standing around at a club-Shelter.

Prospect Park needs to hire some long time viewers as consultants. Then you’d have a hit show.

moshane58
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moshane58

It all comes down to PP is not concern about these soaps but about a lawsuit they can’t win.OLTL could go on without these characters.AMC has gone on without a lot of main characters.Putting them off forever caused a lot to go elsewhere.They need to get over shirtless guys pumping iron and the nightclub scenes and get to the roots of OLTL.To many people predicted this would happen.PP didn’t put enough of the real characters in the stories and now blaming it on three.To many OLTL fans have been disappointed in their story.You have Viki,Dorian,Clint,Nora,Bo,Blair and the youngest cast.There is… Read more »

brian
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brian

Yes, as much as I love my OLTL… the writers seemed more interested in way to write “shit” in the scripts that the scripts themselves.

So… get some writers who know the show, then carry on… please !

boes
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boes

I love OLTL. It become my “go to” soap when AMC got so bad in its last years on ABC. And it got terrible. OLTL, IMO, had a rocky start in the reboot. But I think it got back on track in all ways by the middle of the season. And the last couple of weeks were spectacular! WHAT a cliffhanger, to end with Alison Perkins standing over Clint, part of this shadow organization that even Jeffrey was a part of. Why it didn’t do as well as AMC is beyond me. I do think that AMC was more consistent… Read more »

Thomas
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Thomas

Oltl stories didnt move on its like a endless loop Vickie vs Dorian Bo and Nora Bo vs Clint then Todd came back all soft all the kids are mindless i loved it in the last 2 years at ABC but the reboot has been a bit lame buti love J-wow she needs more air time and could be a new bad girl on there

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

Loved OLTL on ABC before it got canned. Was elated when it was announced it would be returning online. Was crushed when it was announced it would NOT be revived afterall. Then was elated, yet skeptical, when it was announced again that it WOULD be revived online for real. Well, after watching the first couple weeks of the online version, I was absolutely disappointed and disgusted with the writing (really? constant swearing? I’m not a prude, but it got to a point where it was just plain bad writing), and casting (recasts, missing characters, etc). I stopped watching, and hate… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I could have written your entire comment. I feel exactly the same way. If we can’t get back what we had to begin with let’s just let it go.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I disagree about the sets, I think the sets on both OLTL and AMC are kind of limited and tacky and very “settish” looking. The writing really needs work – how many scenes at “Shelter” can we have on One Life to Live? It’s monotonous after a short while – but I do agree with some of what you say. Maybe the show will still come back – I watch both AMC and One Life but both shows need some writing overhauls.

Christine
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Christine

This complete bs, I have been watching OLTL for 30 plus years, I want my soap back on the internet… Screw ABC, why they always got to mess my show up.. It doesn’t bother me that those 3 actors are not on the show..

Bryon
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Bryon

As a fan of this show, I’m very disappointed to hear this breaking news. I have to agree with many of the comments here regarding OLTL. I have been a fan of this show since the 90’s and do believe that the show didn’t pick up until the end. We still need some questions answered as to how Allison Perkins kidnapped Victor Lord Jr? Why there was no reaction when he returned on the first week of the relaunch? What is the real reason for the involvement of this colt and it’s motivation to destroy the Buchannans? Overall, the storylines… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I also don’t think the whole truth has been told. ALL of this is odd: Within two weeks of the premier, the number of episodes for each show is cut from four to two. Then, both shows halt production for a few months so the writers allegedly can catch up. Then, when the stated date for production to resume arrives, suddenly we are informed that we are going to see the “finale” of the first “season” of each with NO stated date for a second season. (I still don’t understand the “finale” business. These shows were continuing serials). I am… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

Unless this is just a soft way of telling us that the show is cancelled (which could well be the case), I don’t see how this changes anything. AMC and OLTL don’t tape at the same time and AMC season 2 was supposed to be taped before OLTL anyway wasn’t it?

AJ
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AJ

Exactly. I understand they can’t produce, but why can’t the writers be.. writing??? The last time PP claimed the reason they cut our season’s short by FIFTY episodes is because the writers didn’t have a enuff time.. so now they have plenty of time if the show is only ‘temporarily’ being shelved. What does a lawsuit have to do with the production of the show, no matter how it turns out.. Hope/Cole are still dead or can be brought back. Are they trying to force GH to fire the 3 OLTL actors, and are waiting to see if they will… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

I do not think 3 characters make up the show I say RECAST RECAST!!!!! It has been done before…The lawsuit was ongoing during season1 so be it, I think season 2 can handle it again.. please be honest with us fans …and do not do what ABC did to us.
Business is Business but the show must go on !!!!!!!!!PLEASE…

Torrey
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Torrey

Honestly, I’m getting to the point where I just don’t care anymore….The three characters that PP is throwing such a fit over could have easily been recast. It would have taken some time for people to adjust to a recast, but that’s what soap fans do…we adjust. It wouldn’t be the first or last time a character has been recast. I think this is a ploy, because the writing over at OLTL hasn’t been up to par….so they’re using this lawsuit as an excuse. Just move on without the characters or recast….and be done with it. I watched all of… Read more »

Thomas
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Thomas

Let the church say Amen!!

TypicalGuy
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TypicalGuy

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Please Prospect park – bring back OLTL.

We supported the show on all the platofrms, OWN screwed it up by having OLTL on at 3:00pm, then without warning moving it to 1:30.

Please Please Please do not give up on One Life to Live. We don’t need the characters on GH, (sigh not even Todd). We do need out Llanview family. DOnt take it away again.

And it you do –roll the characters – all of them into AMC and make the one hour show 5 times a week.

Please dont take my Viki away again.

Rodd
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Rodd

I don’t think they should wait to start Season Two. I think what they should do is tell some interesting stories a la the old version of OLTL and carry on. We had Todd for most of Season One, so I don’t think that affected ratings too much. John and Starr were MIA but so were many, many other characters. I mean, geez!, you had a lot of veteran performers returning to do very little after all the writing changes and they fought to find their footing. I’m really not complaining, because we were warned that this was a new… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

This doesn’t come as a surprise to me. I posted on another one of your threads that I doubted that OLTL would be back…at least in the near future. What I resent is how Pepperman…or whatever her name is…made it seem like they had such great things in store for OLTL…she said this only recently. On the other hand, they also just hired new writers. Didn’t anyone review the scripts before they aired? There was obviously so much dissatisfaction with the first few weeks of OLTL stories that it lost viewership…which explains why AMC had the higher ratings this go… Read more »

AJ
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AJ

IF PP pull this shit, then 2 episodes of AMC won’t be acceptable.. they’d better give us at LEAST 4, if we are lucky they’ll cancel that ‘more’ show and give us 5!

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I don’t mind the “More” show but it’s kind of unnecessary. If we follow the show we don’t really need a commentary on it, it just feels like “filler” because frankly that’s what it is. For years on abc-tv, I found I couldn’t keep up with both shows, each being an hour long every day (with my work schedule it’s hard). But I’ve been able to keep up with AMC and One Life On-line even though the new on line inceptions have not been that enthralling – so, I’m kind of bummed to see this happening. Why don’t they just… Read more »

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Just about everyone had their fingers in the mix before the cake was baked and the bottom line was money, greed and ego. Prospect Park has been waging an uphill battle with everyone from ABC to Oprah and One Life to Live has the dubious honor of (once again) being the victim. ABC(Disney) is a diabolical, ruthless corporate mutation that promotes paltry mediocrity such as KATIE by axing a successful series such as OLTL. Behind the scenes monetary deals and monkey business the size of an army of King Kongs has been rampant… Read more »

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

Photo: JPI

No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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